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Ralph Lauren

Posted on 2009.02.20 at 07:05
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Nature Finds A Way

I'm really not materialistic - an absolute must when striving to live below your means (especially in this economy) which, ironically enough is why I buy Polo shirts. For a while, during my Air Force days, I bought all my clothes at the Base Exchange or Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, this was very expensive, as the shirts do not last long due to pilling, shrinking, fading, ripping or unraveling. Once I was out of the Air Force and could afford to shop elsewhere, I was shocked to discover that I could purchase $100 Polo's for half as much as a shirt would cost me at Wal-Mart (when on sale), and that they would last me something like seven times longer. It just makes good economic sense to buy Ralph Lauren at a Department Store.

But I don't want to ever come off as brand-centric. There was this guy in HP/UX class in '99 who drove a Porsche. Every day he wore a different color Porsche shirt with matching Porsche socks, and a Porsche hat. Any ONE of those items would be fine. Together, however, they're overkill. I have a Tommy Hillfiger ballcap, and a Polo ballcap. I try to never wear the brand of hat with the same brand of shirt. I'm just silly that way; I'd think it pretentious.

Similarly, I used to wear Guess jeans. I loved loved loved my Guess jeans as they were oh-so comfortable...until I had my second child. I could no longer afford them, so I started wearing Wranglers (not the dark, stiff, boot-cut Wranglers of the 70's mind you. These days they're soft, stone-washed demin). Come to find out, my $14 Wranglers last just about as long as a $75 pair of Guess. Since this discovery I've worn Wrangler's exclusively, as its all about value.

I do buy Ralph Lauren paints though. But not because I wear Polo shirts (See how this is starting to look? People really do think I'm a snob sometimes. Me! A snob!?!?) When we bought our first house, my brother had painted all the interior rooms different colors using Ralph Lauren paints. They were the deepest, most beautiful hues I'd ever seen. Every single time my wife and I pick out colors for a room, we always start with Glidden or Behr to save money, but always end up with Ralph Lauren. There really is no comparison. Nothing else even comes close.

Speaking of saving money, I never purchase designer cologne. I always buy the knock-off brands. Its just not that important to me. Besides, I'm not really big on wearing much. I like a nice spray on my neck when I shave, and that's about it. I like the convenience and applicator of the Axe sprays, but only recently found a fragrance I like - Bergamot. Subtlety masculine. But yesterday, all that changed, and I'm really not to blame. I didn't have any previous knowledge of this cologne! And it bothers me that I want to purchase it - at full price nonetheless - something I've never before done.

When we were in the Air Force together in England, photogoot's favorite fragrance was "Lagerfeld: Photo." Which he refused to wear for the same reason I'm now struggling. He didn't want to have to tell people that he was a photographer by trade, who's hobby was photography, and why yes, that is "Photo" I'm wearing. It just seemed too silly.

I was sitting at my desk yesterday morning, listening to Speed Racer and A Beautiful Mind while I worked, when some unknown person walked by my cube and suddenly this amazing scent filled the air. I've never gone out of my way before to discover male fragrances. I just don't care. But this! This...called to me in a way I still don't understand. I need to seek it out, and rub it on my body. I stood up looking for the culprit, and noticed a coworker who's desk is elsewhere standing in our area. Could he be the one? Of course I didn't want to approach him:

William H. Macy: Thanks, Woody, I feel really safe with you.
John Travolta: I noticed that. If you ever lay your head on my back while riding bitch, I'll throw you into traffic!
William H. Macy: I was just trying to keep the wind out of my face.
John Travolta: I felt you smell my neck!
Martin Lawrence: Did you smell that man's neck?
William H. Macy: His cologne is fantastic. It's musky with an oaky finish like a...lawyer cowboy.

Later that day, entirely by happenstance, he joined us at lunch, and I had to ask. The answer?

Polo Explorer.



Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-02-20 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
Did you sniff his neck meaningfully? It works especially well if you do it in lifts!
ehowton at 2009-02-20 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't quickly come up with a cover story for doing so, you know, something along the lines of, "Oh, I'm sorry! My wife has been away for two weeks and I've always been curious..."
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2009-02-20 15:56 (UTC) (Link)
That line is particularly bizarre if the reader (such as me) isn't thinking "lifts" as in "British word for elevators" but as in "shoe inserts to make yourself taller."
ehowton at 2009-02-20 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
Its so hard to pull off 'meaningfully' and usually comes off as insincere when I try. I promise to work on that.
dawaioser at 2009-02-20 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
Kismet. The universe has plans for you and the Polo cologne is just the beginning. Mwuahaha! (*evil grin*)
ehowton at 2009-02-20 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
You must be right; I've never felt this way about a cologne before. With my luck however, my wife will HATE IT.

I don't know what I'll do then. Walk the earth perhaps, like Kane from Kung-Fu.
thesweetestnote at 2009-02-20 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
You know, walk the earth, meet people... get into adventures... lol

My spouse hates my choice of fragrance, Curve. I had a co-worker who would toke up during lunch. Then spray this stuff on heavily and ask (in Jeff Spicoli voice) "hey... do I reek dude?" - I'd say..."Na, you smell like cologne AND weed". But I found that without the skunky cannabis smell it was quite delightful.

And I am an absolute submissive to Kenneth Cole Black, or was. I go through phases.
ehowton at 2009-02-20 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
I'm generally a traditionalist, having worn both Polo and Polo Black for years. I just never expected something to grab me as fiercely as Polo Explorer has, but admittedly I'm starting to get quite a complex over it.

Sadly, I'm unfamiliar with Kenneth Cole Black.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-02-20 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
There is nothing worse than an economically challenged snob!!!

You're sniffing guys necks again aren't??? I thought you got over that in the Air Force!!!
ehowton at 2009-02-20 16:44 (UTC) (Link)
Two words: Lawyer Cowboy.
photogoot at 2009-02-21 01:47 (UTC) (Link)
You are just a big old Ralph Loren man whore aren't you? May I recommend to you something from my personal collection?

ehowton at 2009-02-21 02:56 (UTC) (Link)
Finally, your bottled essence! (In an easy spray applicator.) I'm sure it will be a big seller amongst the camera-geek crowd.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-02-21 04:31 (UTC) (Link)
How are those baby carrots working out???

I'm down to 177 pounds on the Chipolte diet!!!
codekitten at 2009-02-26 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
i think in order to evaluate i need to see your ass in a pair of guess jeans vs. a pair of wrangers. really that's the only way to come up with some sort of valid hypothesis...
ehowton at 2009-02-26 02:32 (UTC) (Link)
It makes so much sense when you put it that way. What a fantastic reason to get back in a pair of Guess jeans!
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